No VAIC users around?
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I have just come in to possession of a Vaic 300B SE integrated. Mine is currently fitted with Golden Dragon 300Bs and ECC82s, and Sylvania 5687s (I think - will need to check).
My currently limited experience, and given that I am running with less than optimal 300Bs, is that the Vaic does mid-range supremely well, drives tight and fast bass, and the trebles are clear, and distinct without being at all harsh.
It may give away a little in the bass when compared with megabucks solid state amps, but not much at all. It's better than most tube amps I have heard and to beat it I will need to spend far more money than I can afford!
It is extraordinarily easy to listen to - there's no fatigue at all.
We have tried a couple of pre-amps into the direct input and found that the pre-amp stage is better than expected. I'm sure it could be improved, but further testing will have to wait. Certainly, I feel it will take at least a £2000 pre-amp to make it worth using.
It's a fabulous piece of kit. I'm keeping mine. :-)